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Government push back on immigration law

The Government is expected to back down on changes to the immigration law that were set to take place from August 14.

Earlier this year, New Zealand Immigration has released changes to the immigration law governing its Skilled Migrant Category, which were expected to be implemented August 14.

The law was a points-based residence policy, for people who wish to live permanently in New Zealand. Points were based on factors such as the applicant’s qualifications, work experience, and the job offer.

Now, it is expected that the Government will be lowering the expectations of the law. Making it easier for skilled migrants to live and work in New Zealand.

The law received negative feedback from the regions, which could be why the government chose to take a step back in regards to the law.

The point of the law, according to Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse, was to make sure businesses “are working hard to make sure Kiwis get those jobs,” before migrants.

The previous law stated that any person entering the country had to make just under NZD$50,000 per year to be classed as ‘mid skilled’, now that has been lowered to 41,538 a year.

The rules mean that if an applicant would earn less than the median New Zealand income of $41,538, they won’t get any points towards residency – even if their job was previously considered skilled.

Any migrant who would earn more than $73,299 a year – one-and-a-half times the median income – will get points, even if they work in an area not previously classified as skilled.

Migrants working or living in New Zealand must meet that mid-skill range to be able to keep their position beyond the three-year limit of a standard working visa.

The visa changes did not apply to residency permits. They also did not apply any further restrictions on the number of places that were available each year to people wishing to live and work in New Zealand.

The changes are set to be put in place from August 28.

To read about the original law changes look here.

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